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Hey, Art Explorers!

  Buon Giorno!  This month we travel to Italy ["the boot"] and learn about the Italian Renaissance and famous Italian artists!  Children will learn painting techniques to create their own sunflowers of Tuscany!  This program meets Tuesday, April 8th at 4:30 pm and Monday, April 14th at 1:00 pm.  Each session is limited to 15 children (ages 8 – 12).  Call 832-559-4235 to register! 

Wanted: Teen Volunteers!

 Are you a teen, at least 14 years old and looking for something fun to do this Summer?  If you are, then consider applying to be a teen volunteer!  The Children’s area of the Library is looking for teens to assist with story times, programs, craft projects, shelving and other Library tasks during our busy Summer Reading program.  Teens chosen for this program commit to work a regular schedule of at least 2 hours each week.  Many National Honor Society chapters as well as college and job applications require volunteer experience, so, stop by the Children’s reference desk today and fill out your application!  Call 832-559-4235 for more info.  *must be 14 years old at the time of submitting application.

Celebrate Spring and Eric Carle!

Celebrate the first day of Spring on Thursday, March 20th, and the 45th Anniversary of the children's book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"!  Written in 1969 by Eric Carle, this all time favorite story follows the hungry caterpillar as it grows from egg to cocoon to a beautiful butterly! 

Spring Break Fun at the Library!

Come to the Children's Area for a whole week of fun!   In addition to our weekly story times, we will offer the following FREE programs and activities.  On Monday (3/10) at 1:00 pm  and Tuesday (3/11) at 4:30 pm, ages 8 – 12 can  “travel” to Southwestern France, learn about the Lascaux Cave Paintings and complete an art project at Art Explorers Around the World!.  Registration is required and each session is limited to 20 children.  On Wednesday (3/12) at 3:00 pm, learn about fire safety from the Tomball Fire Department and visit the fire truck!  On Thursday (3/13) at 3:00 pm it's Movie Day!  Bring a drink with a lid and enjoy a movie and popcorn!  Call the library at 832-559-4235 to register for Art Explorers and for the movie title! ...it's all FREE and guaranteed to be fun!

 

 

 

 

 

Award Winning Children's Books!

Each year, the American Library Association recognizes outstanding contributions to children’s literature with the awarding of Newbery and Caldecott medals
The Newbery Award, named for 18th century British bookseller John Newbery is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This year, the honor went to Kate DiCamillo for “Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.  This is the story of a young comic book enthusiast and cynic named Flora, and a superhero squirrel named Ulysses who helps Flora against her greatest enemy.
The Caldecott Medal, named for 19th Century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year, the honor went to Brian Floca for “Locomotive”.  Mr. Floca, is also the author of this book. The story follows a family and crew traveling together on America’s new transcontinental railroad in the Summer of 1869.  The next time you are visiting the children’s area, we hope you are able to check out and enjoy these beautiful books!

1001 Books Before Kindergarten!

Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary – two important tools for beginning to learn to read when they enter Kindergarten.
This new early literacy program is designed to help ready your child for Kindergarten. It sounds like a lot of books, but if you read only three books a day, you will be done in just about a year!
Come to the Children’s Reference desk and get a pre-printed book log (each log is for 100 books)
Color in one star for each book your child listens to. (story time books count!)
When you complete a log, bring it to the Children’s Reference desk to have it stamped and dated.
Continue on with each book log until your child has completed the program!
Book logs can also be downloaded from home at www.hcpl.net

Call 832-559-4235 for more information.  Happy Reading!

*There is no registration or online book logging.

Little Amigos Story Time!

Starting this Tuesday, February 4th at 9:30 am, the Children's Area is excited to present this new weekly story time for children ages 3 - 5.  Presented in  English, this program will give children exposure to the Spanish language by teaching one word in Spanish each week!  Call 832-559-4235 for more information!

Art Explorers Around the World!

 This month, we travel to the United States to learn about architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright.  This FREE program is for children ages 8 – 12 and will meet on Monday, January 13th at 1:00 pm and Tuesday, January 14th at 4:30 pm.  Children will design a simple house floor plan as well as a rendering of their plan using shading plates and other “architect” tools!  Each session is limited to 20 children!  Call 832-559-4235  to reserve your spot!

Happy Holidays from the Children's Department!

  

The following story times will be offered during the next few weeks.  Monday, December 23rd, Baby Bookworms at 9:30 am and Wibbley Wobblers at 10:30 am.  Thursday, December 26th, Preschool story time at 10:30 am. Tuesday, December 31st, Toddler Time at 10:30 am. Normal Library hours and Children's programming will resume on January 2nd.

Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year from your Children’s Staff members:  Lynn, Christie, Cheryl, Ann and Laura! 

Celebrate the Holidays!

This Saturday, December 14th from 2 – 4 pm come to the 1st floor of the Library and get in the holiday spirit with music, cookies, a craft in the Children’s Area and a visit from Santa!  Enjoy fun for the whole family brought to you by the Friends of the Tomball Library! Happy Holidays!

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